Spray Definition

sprā
sprayed, spraying, sprays
noun
sprays
A cloud or mist of fine liquid particles, as of water from breaking waves.
Webster's New World
A jet of fine liquid particles, or mist, as from an atomizer or spray gun.
Webster's New World
A device for shooting out such a jet.
Webster's New World
Something likened to a spray of liquid particles.
A spray of bullets.
Webster's New World
Any liquid for spraying from such a device.
Webster's New World
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verb
sprayed, spraying, sprays
To disperse (a liquid, for example) in a mass or jet of droplets, particles, or small pieces.
American Heritage
To shoot out a spray.
Webster's New World
To direct a spray of onto something.
Webster's New World
To direct a spray onto; treat with or subject to a spray.
Webster's New World
To be shot out as a spray.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
gathercollect
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Other Word Forms of Spray

Noun

Singular:
spray
Plural:
sprays

Origin of Spray

  • From Middle Dutch sprāien, sprayen, spraeyen (“to spray, sprinkle, spread”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *sprēwijaną (“to spray, sprinkle”), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (“to sow, scatter”). Cognate with Middle High German spræjen, spræwen (“to squirt, spray, dust, splash, straw”), Danish dialectal språe (“to open up, burst forth”), Swedish dialectal språ (“to sprout, shoot forth, burst”), Norwegian dialectal spra, spræ (“to splash, splatter, spout, burst forth”), Dutch sproeien (“to spray, sprinkle”), German sprühen (“to spray, sparkle”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From obsolete spray to sprinkle from Middle Dutch sprayen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English spræg

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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